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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Part of me never understood the appeal of the murder mystery story. Mysteries are fun to solve, but films and novels never paint a picture to truly give anyone a fair chance to solve the mystery. Crucial details are always left to the final explanation. When The Usual Suspects came out, a review famously said if you figured out the big reveal, a job at the FBI was waiting for you. But the problem is, those details (things around the…

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★½

    As far as Hollywood vehicles go, Ford v Ferrari is very good. It has the right leading actors to make the story and situation compelling. It also a story with enough drama and history to make the story relatively interesting. The movie is enjoyable and every timed moment of drama, laughs and emotion connect well enough. Ford V Ferrari shows good storytelling can still do good box office.

    But that's where it ends. And for that movie, the ceiling (for…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In a time when studios found a genre that doesn't need big budget or big name actors, Hollywood has been able to make some good horror films but many more that aren't very good. Most horror films try to find the key to the lock to scare an audience they presume is weathered by years of watching too much gore. The ante for disgusting and shock keeps going up, but Darren Aronofsky, new to the genre, takes a timely departure.…

  • Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ask me who the greatest living actor is and with a wince, I say Robert Duvall. Not because of his work for the last 30 years, but because the talent he has and shown but just never fulfilled in the sense of the long term. Duvall only won the Academy Award once for Tender Mercies and while that isn't a barometer for anything, when the film came out, the NY Times proclaimed Duvall America's answer to Laurence Olivier and said…